Detail View

Marked for Life
Date: 1981
Culture: African-American
Dimensions: image: 14 15/16 x 21 1/2 in. (37.9 x 54.6 cm) sheet: 22 1/4 x 25 7/8 in. (56.5 x 65.7 cm) mat: 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Label Text: A prison inmate looks out from his cell, his right eye hidden behind the bars that contain him. This young man is "marked" in many ways. He is literally marked by the tattoos on his body: the half-naked woman posing over the words, "Born to Die" on his left forearm, the classic "Mom" inscription on his right and the three tears on his left cheek. But he is also marked by past mistakes and societal influences which are symbolized by his prison identification number, 14876. Reginald Gammon is a prolific artist who came of age during the Harlem Renaissance. His subjects are dramatic, powerful, personal and often deal with social and political subjects. Trained as a figurative artist, the human form is central to his storytelling. Now living in Albuquerque, Gammon has most recently been producing images of African-American musicians as he feels that music is one of the most important contributions made by African-Americans to the American culture.
Object Number: 1984/5.22
Currently on view